Cashew nuts are scientifically called Anacardium occidentale. Considered a fancy ingredient for curries and Indian gravies, this exotic nut originally belonged to Brazil. It was brought to India by traders and usually is an expensive commodity. It is in shape of a bean(kidney bean) to be more precise, and has various health benefits.
Some of these health benefits are listed below:
The National Centre for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) in its case study states that nuts are likely to be beneficial for your heart, minimizing risks of heart diseases. Other studies support this claim by saying that in fact it helps lower the cholesterol levels. There is emerging evidence of positive effects on oxidative stress, inflammation, and vascular reactivity.
Consumption of cashews on a regular basis helps prevent any blood disorders since they are rich in copper which helps to eradicate iron deficiency. Thus to avoid any blood related disorder in future, make sure to add cashew nuts liberally to your diet.
In today’s environment with excessively increasing pollution, our eyes often suffer from various infections. Cashews have a powerful antioxidant pigment called Zea Xanthin. This pigment is quickly and easily absorped by our retina and forms a protective layer over the retina protecting it from harmful UV rays.
Cashew oil is used across the world in beauty regimens to achieve a smooth and even complexion. It is rich in selenium, zinc, manganese, iron and phosphorous and is abundant in phytochemicals, proteins and antioxidants.
In comparison to non consumers of nuts and seeds, people who s=consume regular amounts of nuts like cashews in their daily diets, lose weight faster and easily. A study by the Journal of Nutrition states that the non consumers had a higher BMI than consumers thus indicating its clear effect on weight loss.
Cashew nuts have a good amount of fibre as well which bulks up the food in our gut to ease the process of passing through the intestinal tract. Thus problems like constipation and Irritable bowel syndrome can be avoided.
Consumption of cashews and application of cashew oil on hair gives it a healthy, bouncy and shiny look. It also strengthens them from the root and keeps the scalp from getting too dry. Copper in cashews help in production of skin and hair pigment known as melanin.